Posting Date: March 30, 2018 Application Deadline: Open Until Filled Start Date: July 1, 2018 or as soon as mutually agreed
Charles Wright Academy is an independent co-educational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts. Founded in 1957, the school enrolls 680 students in grades junior kindergarten through twelve. We are located in a suburban neighborhood southwest of Tacoma, approximately one mile from Puget Sound and within the shadow of Mt. Rainier.
Charles Wright Mission Statement: Charles Wright Academy provides a rigorous and dynamic liberal arts education built on the principles of excellence and compassion. Within an inclusive and globally aware learning community, we foster self-reliance, integrity, social responsibility, and humor, inspiring our students to discover within themselves the courage to achieve their personal best in mind, body, and spirit.
Charles Wright Academy is seeking a Director of Admissions and Financial Aid to join our team July 1, 2018, or earlier. This position is a full-time, year-round, exempt position, and reports to the Associate Head of School.
With the Head of School and the Associate Head of School, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid develops a strategic vision that meets school-wide admission and enrollment goals. This person will lead the Admissions team to realize that vision through the design and implementation of both a multi-year strategy and yearly tactical action plans.
The Director of Admissions and Financial Aid is charged with:
• Developing long and short term enrollment management strategies informed by data and by the school’s mission and institutional goals and activates the school community to meet annual admission goals in compliance with the NAIS Principles of Good Practice; • Fostering high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for prospective students and families, colleagues, alumni, parents, and enrolled students throughout the admissions process; • Serving as the key “brand ambassador” for the school and training school employees and volunteers on clear, consistent messaging about the school’s mission and educational program;? • Designing and improving admission-related operations and systems, including data collection and analytics;? • Providing robust research and metrics for school leadership to review and use in support of institutional goals;? • Engaging the school community in support of the admission and enrollment process;? • Collaborating with communication and marketing team to develop outreach materials which support the many facets of the school and admissions program;? • Leading and managing the financial aid program in order to meaningfully advance the school’s admission, enrollment and retention goals;? • Managing the re-enrollment process;? • Understanding issues of diversity, equity and inclusion at CWA and working to advance diversity and inclusion within the school;? • Identifying meaningful metrics and accurate reports that reflect the progress of the office and inform school strategy; • Supervises, supports, and evaluates members of the admission team and fosters a strong culture of high performance, accountability, mutual support, and professional growth; • Collaborates with the Head of School, Associate Head of School, and CFO to develop and manage the financial aid program, strategy and tactics to allocate tuition assistance funds in support of multiple enrollment goals.
The Ideal Candidate: • Has obtained a bachelor’s degree; • Has served as a Director of Admissions and Financial Aid or in a key leadership role at an independent school; • Has a proven track record of using data analysis to inform successful enrollment strategies; • Has a proven track record of successful leadership, collaboration, and innovation; • Has experience developing and implementing effective processes and systems to ensure goals are met; • Understands the educational landscape in the Puget Sound and can speak compellingly to the value of independent school education; • Possesses a growth mindset and uses feedback to improve her/himself and the admission team; • Is aligned philosophically with Charles Wright Academy’s mission and commitments to students, families, and the community. • Familiarity with Google G-Site for education and Mac hardware/systems is preferred; • Has a commitment to diversity and inclusion with a strong sense of cultural competency.
Application Process: Interested candidates should send: 1) a resume 2) a letter of interest
To CWA Human Resources via:
Mail: Attention Office of Human Resources at address above.
In-person application: Follow campus signs to “Upper School”, using Upper School visitor parking. The Office of Human Resources is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. No phone calls, please.
Employment is contingent on the successful completion of a national background screening and fingerprinting process.
Charles Wright Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and dependent upon background, and breadth of experience. Charles Wright offers a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision, life and long-term disability, paid-time off and participation in the retirement plan, including an employer contribution once eligibility is met.